SpaceX Plans Early Morning Satellite Launch From Vandenberg AFB

SpaceX Plans Early Morning Satellite Launch From Vandenberg AFB

SpaceX Plans Early Morning Satellite Launch From Vandenberg AFB

The launch is programed for Wednesday at 7:39 a.m. EDT from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. SpaceX also has a deal with a Louisiana-based ship company to use an oil supply vessel, called Mr. Steven.

Following the launch, the Falcon's first stage successfully returned to Earth and landed on a barge - named "Just Read the Instructions" - floating in the Pacific Ocean, as the company continues its process of reusing rockets to save money on future missions.

SpaceX will once again attempt to recover the multi-million dollar nose cone of its Falcon 9 rocket, showcasing its latest experimental effort to bring down the cost of its launches. "They did see the payload fairing coming down, but they were not able to catch it in the net". Because this is a Block 5 Falcon 9, the fueling of the 230-foot (70-meter) tall vehicle began a mere 35 minutes before liftoff. Only one more launch of 10 satellites remains until the Iridium NEXT network is completed, ushering in a new era of capabilities, like the Iridium Certus broadband service and Aireon real-time aircraft surveillance system. A backup instantaneous launch opportunity is available on Thursday, July 26 at 4:33 a.m. PDT, or 11:33 UTC.

SpaceX has been running a fairly fast-paced launch schedule, having launched a Telstar communications satellite on Sunday on a newer Falcon 9 iteration and scheduling another for August 2.

That booster made its own successful landing on SpaceX's Atlantic drone ship, christened "Of Course I Still Love You".

According to the company's spokesperson John Insprucker, the launch had only a second window to precisely insert the satellites. At the outset of the live-stream, the Falcon 9 rocket was almost invisible, only coming into clear view after liftoff.

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